Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetHardwareLaptops & Notebooks · 1 decade ago

Need help buying laptop.?

I am trying to buy a laptop. First thing is first, mac or PC!?!? I have always used PC and have never really used vista, but I have used leopard and it is great. I just don't really dig the graphics on mac, even though the new macbooks just came out, I just don't see the bang for my buck. So, probably will go with PC. That being said, what laptop should I get. I love to game, and not just runescape (even though I do love it ha) but I also love COD and Bioshock. I also like to watch HD movies on a big screen (nothing under 14 inches please.) I also like to edit and make videos, not movies. All around I just love to have fun on my computer, it has to be fast, reliable and do basic things with ease. I also like to surf the net FAST! my internet is top of the line so no worries there. Thanks A bunch sorry for the long question haha :)

17 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    PC is better, here is why... (below I mentioned a dell option), I like Dells for a desktop, toshiba for laptop but included a a dell laptop with specs below..

    PC=Variety of specs, options, quality, prices, vendors, support

    Mac=One vendor, limited options, still more expensive. Look below for more information..

    Contrary to belief, Macs are not better quality. They use a lot of the same parts as PCs. Apple also has been changing suppliers to try to "lower the price" and thus lowering quality. Even with the lower prices, Macs still cost more, they spend a higher percent of budget trying to make it look pretty, and marketing.

    Today, Macs use the same hardware as PCs. Why spend extra to get the same CPU chips, graphics cards and OS X isn't as secure as you think.. Look below.


    Aprox 90% of the market is Windows. Most PCs include windows already pre-installed.

    1) There are a number of websites that still require Internet Explorer to view and IE for Mac Stinks..

    2) More supported peripherals (printers and other things you hook into the computer) on Windows.

    4) If you like the Dock on OS X (Mac) google/yahoo rocketdock, objectdoc.

    I Would also install Avira AntiVir, Avast, Comodo Firewall on the Vista since there are free versions.


    1) Install Linux, and then get tons of stuff for free. Updates done, etc.. Linux is very easy and has tons of software that will be updated automatically. (Checking a checkbox in either two ways to install (Add/Remove or Synaptic Package Manager), search for something I want, check a box and click apply)

    2) If you like the effects on a Macintosh go yahoo or google COMPIZ FUSION. It can do just about any cool effect a Mac can do and more...

    3) If you like the Dock on OS X (Mac) google/yahoo Cairo Dock, avant window navigator.

    4) Linux is MORE SECURE. I surf the internet and can even run some windows programs on Linux.


    If you are worried about viruses, spyware, security, Try Linux (it is free), I have included some information about Linux and links so you are not lost if you decide to try it.

    Easily turn your system into a Dual booting computer with Linux, fast, safe and secure, easy to use (contrary to belief). You then get the best of both worlds (Windows with all of its supported products, freely go online without the worry)

    My Recommendation would be either Ubuntu (Most popular and well supported linux), Kubuntu (KDE version of Ubuntu),

    Freespire (has all windows codecs for watching videos, dvds out of the box),

    PCLINUXOS (very nice Linux, easy to use and polished),

    There are so many good versions of linux besides these.

    PLEASE NOTE: In linux there are many forms of Windows Environments, the two main ones are KDE (K Desktop) and GNOME. Ubuntu uses GNOME, KUBUNTU is a KDE version of Ubuntu, PCLINUXOS, Freespire use KDE... The differences in the window environments (DESKTOPS) control how you configure, open close the windows, the appearances of the windows... helps with printer support. shows video and non-video help with learning to work with Ubuntu.

    There are many good Linux distributions for different reasons,,,

    are good websites for overall understanding linux.

    Installing Linux in general is very simple and much more secure than OS X(Macintosh) and free.

    Also, most Linux distributions have a LiveCD which means you can try without installing...


    All you have to do is..

    A) to download .iso file off the internet from the Linux website

    B) burn the .iso file to a CD or DVD (Make sure your burning software can burn an ISO)

    C) restart the computer with the CD in the drive

    D) As computer is restarting, press on F12 Key a bunch of times to get a boot menu

    E) Select the option to boot from CD or DVD.

    ANOTHER QUICK NOTE: People have been able to run OS X on a PC since the PC and Mac use the same hardware. This is not legal and I would not recommend it for security and legal reasons

    But, I have included a link to show you, purpose is to show that there is nothing special about the MAC.


    A similar equipped PC is much cheaper to purchase than Mac. Lets use Dell (but you can compare with another PC Brand if you like)


    Dell Inspiron Laptop $849 dropped to $799

    15" Screen

    CPU: (upgrade to) 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

    Memory: 3GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM

    Hard Drive: 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm

    Optical Drive: Blu-ray Disc Combo (DVD+/-RW + BD-ROM) - WRITES DVDS,CDS, READS Blue-Ray Disks

    Macbook $1349 just dropped to $1224

    13" Screen (SMALLER)

    CPU: 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (SAME)

    Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (SAME)

    Memory: (upgrade to) 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (LESS RAM)

    Hard Drive (upgrade to) 250GBSerial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (SMALLER HARD DRIVE)

    Optical Drive: (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) - (Writes CDs, DVDs, cannot read Blue-Ray) (WORSE AND 1/2 SPEED)


    PLEASE NOTE: I am comparing Apple Mac's vs Dells best deal. If you decide that you must have an all-in one. The Dell all-in-one has more ram, wireless keyboard and mouse and equivalent to $400 for free making the Imac still more expensive when you upgrade the Imac to try to match. Personally I don't think the All-in-Ones are a good choice, and consider them overpriced, lack expandability and repairs both more expensive and require the entire computer.

    PS: Apple knows that they must make Macintosh look different than PC so all Macs except the Mac Pro will not have a tower option. Apple's low end lacks expandability but it makes the Mac "look different", if Mac had a tower for low-end, more people would realize the similarities between the two.

    Dell: (Right Now) Specs Below costs $809

    CPU: 2.4 GHZ Dell Inspiron QUAD (4 Processor) CORE

    SCREEN: 20inch Screen

    MEMORY: 3GB Ram

    HARD DRIVE: 500 GB hard Drive

    OPTICAL DRIVE: 16x DVD/CD Read/Writer

    GRAPHICS: (upgrade to ) ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO 128MB

    The Best Deal Mac is not the Mac Mini since it has no monitor, keyboard, mouse, very skimpy on options and setup... IMac is better price than the Mac Mini.

    IMac ($1400)

    CPU: 2.4 GHZ DUAL (2 Processor) CORE (SLOWER CPU)

    SCREEN: 20inch Screen

    MEMORY: (upgrade to) 2GB Ram (LESS RAM)

    HARD DRIVE: (upgrade to ) 500 GB hard Drive

    OPTICAL DRIVE: 8x DVD Reader/Writer (1/2 speed)

    GRAPHICS: ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO 128MB

    ************************END OF DESKTOP


    Mac OS X was hacked in 2006 under 30 minutes, and hacked within 2 minutes in a contest in 2008. Linux and Vista were not able to be hacked until another day when restrictions were lowered.

    All macs are standardized with Cameras, if your system gets hacked, the hacker would more likely be able to turn on your camera.

    Please Note: All OS's have vulnerabilities.


    The argument that OS X has less viruses is true, but that is against XP, BUT Mac OS X has viruses, a friend of mine has a virused Mac. As more users use Macs, more viruses will come out for it. Especially when users think "they are safe".

    Google/Yahoo Mac Viruses

    D) WINDOWS LICENSE is discounted with PCs

    You do not pay the full price, for instance Dell -> you pay $50 or less for Vista Home Premium If you buy a Mac and want Vista, you pay full price.


    With AppleCare you have to put down $300 and there is no guarantee the computer will be fixed, may cost more.. Repairs are more expensive than PCs since the IMac, Mac Mini are compact units, and Apple charges a premium for their services. Some repairs can be done by another repair service but the compact design of the computer causes problems.

    With an IMac, if the problem is with the monitor, the whole computer would have to be brought in.

    IMac and Mac mini lack expansion.


    Macintosh's are far from bug free. Sample of problems: Overheating Macbooks, OS X- not responding to keyboard, some units with 16bit screens, etc. Apple statistics are misleading since Mac users with problem machines are more likely to go out and buy a new computer than PC users. Apple is lowering prices which means you can expect lower quality than in the past. Apple had switched the manufacturers producing parts. OS X also has problems slowing down.

    Google/Yahoo OS X on PC

  • 1 decade ago

    OMG, this is almost exactly like the question I posted 6 months ago, except I don't play runescape. My budget was 1250 dollars and I bought a costumized dv6700se(pretty hard to find now cuz its special edition) and I would say it was worth it except it gets harder to play latest games as time passes so that is certainly not a good feature. Now that I look back, I think i should have gotten a macbook because of its durability, design and just the whole feeling of owning a mac with much smoother operating system.

    Trust me, whenever you buy a laptop, you will regret no matter WHAT

    so just wait for that period to pass and you will start to love you laptop.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Try buying a Fujitstu Lifebook. I go to a private high school and we use tablet pcs and this Lifebook is AMAZING. Complete with a 1.3 mega pixel webcam and a computer pen for the tablet. Gives you an edge on gaming or for school. Clearer screen and doesn't scratch as easily. Look for things like indestructibility when buying a laptop. Def. buy a PC. They work easier and with windows vista the view is incredible. This is a HD screen too and you can edit the videos. It also has a wireless network adapter built in. It shows you all wireless networks within a 1 mile range. :)

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Unless you are going to upgrade to a better motherboard and CPU, then I would just go with the new one. The reason for this would be that there could very well be other issues that would cost more money to repair, or there could be other issues come up soon after the repair. Better to buy the new one and have the warranty. However you could make this an opportunity to upgrade your laptop to a much better and faster machine. You could make it exactly how you would like it. But either way, you will have to spend some money on this problem you have. Good luck to you.

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  • 1 decade ago

    For you, do not get a mac. Most games are not made for macs, so i would get an HP. They are great for gaming, and some with up to 18.1 inch HD screens that are great. I would get it at Best Buy with an extended service plan so if you ever have any trouble, they will fix it for free. Also, if you want a gaming laptop, you can buy a Voodoo or HP Blackbird. They are great for gaming, but not as good as a desktop.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you love to game, absolutely do NOT get a Mac. Not only are they terribly overpriced, they are TERRIBLE for gaming. Very few games come out for Mac.

    However, you should consider a gaming laptop. There are various ones to consider, but if you want an inexpensive laptop with a big screen that's great for gaming, check out the Gateway FX 17" (I forget the model number). It's actually VERY good. Also Dell XPS and Alienware are other options. Alienware makes some of the best gaming PCs, but they can get pretty expensive.

  • 1 decade ago

    I would go with an HP or Dell laptop. I would normally say get an IBM but they are too expensive for your application since you want it for games. Make sure you beef up the RAM, get a MINIMUM of 2GB's of RAM, get a pentium, (not celeron) and make sure the video card is at least 256MB of RAM (unfortunately it will borrow it from your 2GB's because it shares it from your machine)

  • 1 decade ago

    Sony Vaio

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    get a mac if you dont like it after you buy it you can buy boot camp for 50 bucks to change it to a pc if you buy a pc and u dont like it u cnt change it to a mac

  • 1 decade ago

    go to a reputable computer store where they build them. let them know what you are wanting to do and they will build it for you. This usually works out to be cheaper than buying a computer with great graphics card, software, and speed you are looking for. Good luck :-)

  • 6 years ago

    Buy HP laptop.

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